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How will Turkey respond to US sanctions?

The US has imposed sanctions on NATO ally Turkey for buying the Russian S-400 missile defence system.

The United States has imposed sanctions targeting fellow NATO member Turkey’s Defence Industry Directorate (SSB), its chief, Ismail Demir, and three other staff over the purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system says.

Now Turkey says it is evaluating reciprocal action against what it considers a hostile attack.

Turkey’s military procurement agency has had its export licences and authorisations banned by the US. The organisation’s top officials will also face asset freezes and visa restrictions.

The long-delayed move comes as US President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erodgan has said the sanctions won’t stop his country from building up its defences.

So, how will this play out between these NATO allies?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Lawrence Korb – senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a former assistant secretary of defence

Fabrice Pothier – chief strategy officer for Rasmussen Global and the former director of policy planning at NATO

Yusuf Alabarda – security and defence analyst and retired Turkish colonel.